How to Use a Moen Faucet Cartridge Puller

Moen cartridge puller
Aaron Stickley
Overview
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $25

The most common repair for a cartridge-style shower, bathtub, or sink faucet is to remove and replace the cartridge insert. It's usually a relatively easy job, but it can be frustratingly difficult if you find that the cartridge is stuck in place. 

With Moen-brand faucets, though, the manufacturer simplifies the task by offering a simple cartridge-puller tool, specially designed to remove cartridges from Moen valves. The tool is also very useful for repairing a Moen shower valve as well as valves on other types of faucets. 

The cartridge puller model shown here can be used for series 1200, 1222, and 1225 Moen cartridges. Another variation, the ​T-Handle Moen Cartridge Puller, can be used for the 1200 or 1225 cartridges.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Screwdrivers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Moen cartridge puller (sized for your faucet model)

Instructions

  1. Remove the Cartridge Clip

    Shut off the water to the faucet, using the nearest available shutoff valve. Remove the faucet handle and trim to expose the valve. This is usually a simple matter of popping off the handle cap and unscrewing the mounting screw beneath the cap to free the handle. The escutcheon trim plate may be mounted with screws, as well. 

    Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the clip that holds the cartridge in place.

    Keep a good hold on the clip so it does not fall into the wall cavity. You will reuse the clip if you are replacing the cartridge.

    A cartridge clip being removed
    The Spruce / Aaron Stickley
  2. Attach the Cartridge Puller

    Prepare the puller tool by backing out the screw and body nut as far as they will go. Fit the cartridge puller onto the end of the cartridge so the two tabs on the puller straddle the raised center of the cartridge and the tool fits snugly.

    A Moen cartridge puller
    The Spruce / Aaron Stickley
  3. Secure the Cartridge Puller

    Use a screwdriver to tighten the puller screw all the way in, securing it to the cartridge. The puller screw goes into the same threaded screw hole that accepts the faucet handle screw. If the puller screw won't drive in all the way, back it out, realign the puller, and drive in the screw again.

    Tightened Moen cartridge puller
    The Spruce / Aaron Stickley
  4. Remove the Cartridge

    Grip the handle of the puller, and twist the puller back and forth, clockwise and counterclockwise, as you pull straight out. Continue the back and forth motion until the cartridge pulls out of the valve body. The valve is now ready for a replacement cartridge.

    Note: The valve shown here (a 1222 Posi-Temp shower valve) does not require the use of the large body nut on the cartridge puller. When removing a 1200 or 1225 cartridge, you will need to use the body nut.

    Removing a Moen cartridge with puller
    The Spruce / Aaron Stickley